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The Food Report
January 31, 2009, 1:14.16 am ET

Bar Breton by Andrea Strong
January 31, 2009, 12:10.47 am ET

Chef Cyril Renaud, of Fleur de Sel, has opened a more casual restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, dedicated to his native cuisine of Brittany called Bar Breton.  I was also impressed with the fact that despite the hard times we are all going through, Renaud opened Bar Breton with a mission of giving.  more

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The Good Fork by Thomas Rafael
January 31, 2009, 12:08.13 am ET

Red Hook in the dead of winter can be a bit desolate or I should say very desolate.  It's also proven to be a difficult place for restaurants to navigate.  Some of the first to try, like 360, didn't survive.  But others have managed to flourish thanks in large part to the strength of the artist community they serve.  One of the them is The Good Fork.  more

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Soul of Shaolin by Diane Snyder
January 31, 2009, 12:05.41 am ET

Theatergoers who enjoy the stunning feats of the Cirque showcases or are fascinated by the strength and precision of kung-fu experts should find much to admire here.  more

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Alabaster Bookshop by Pamela Grossman
January 31, 2009, 12:02.25 am ET

Still cold out: check. Important moment in American history: check. Choice time to curl up with a good book that will help expand your historical and political knowledge, check, for sure; and the Alabaster Bookshop is here for you.  more

Motorino by Andrea Strong
January 25, 2009, 7:22.00 pm ET

Chef Mathieu Palombino spent most of his culinary years cooking high-end French food under Chef Laurent Tourondel at Cello and then BLT Fish, is a curious one. Rather than continue down the path as expected, he chose to decamp to Williamsburg and open, well, a neighborhood pizza place.  more

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Gazala Place by Thomas Rafael
January 25, 2009, 7:18.39 pm ET

At Gazala Place, in Hell's Kitchen, you'll often find chef Halabi Gazala fast at work making homemade pitas in the window.   They are light and flavorful, and a staple for the Middle Eastern and Druze dishes that are served here.  more

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Mxyplyzyk by Pamela Grossman
January 25, 2009, 7:15.52 pm ET

Cold enough for you? Though this week's forecast is for relatively balmy 30-degree days, the recent cold snap has many of us smarting--and aiming for as much time as possible in our cozy homes. Helping to make those homes cozier is Greenwich Village's charming Mxyplyzyk.  more

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The Food Report
January 22, 2009, 12:35.39 am ET

Enoteca Maria by Thomas Rafael
January 17, 2009, 11:46.04 pm ET

Staten Island may not be known as the culinary center of the world, but in the St. George section, just steps from the Staten Island Ferry you'll find a taste of Italy.    Enoteca Maria is an experiment of sorts.  more

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Malin + Goetz by Pamela Grossman
January 17, 2009, 11:40.45 pm ET

I aim to be fair, in my coverage, to all shoppers--young and old, with or without kids, broke and (these days) less broke, male and female. This week's offering is especially for guys who believe that being male does not have to mean forsaking great bath products... more

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Alessi by SJ
January 17, 2009, 11:35.09 pm ET

Passing by this shop on East 60th street, you can't help but stop and stare into the window. Here you will find everything you need for the home and kitchen, even the office in a beautiful display.  more

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The Food Report
January 15, 2009, 12:43.31 am ET

The West Branch by Brian Scott Lipton
January 11, 2009, 2:04.14 pm ET

In opening Ouest some years back, chef Tom Valenti did more than just about anyone in resuscitating the Upper West Side as an area for serious dining. Now, with The West Branch, his casual new spot just a few blocks down for Ouest, he’s created another worthy go-to destination.  more

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Cititour's Top Ten Restaurants of 2008
January 11, 2009, 1:33.42 pm ET

Sophia Eugene by Pamela Grossman
January 11, 2009, 1:27.49 pm ET

Whatever your celebration, the cozy and elegant Sophia Eugene Boutique has you covered. If you're looking for Ms. Eugene, I'm afraid you won't find her.  But if you're looking for a unique and beautiful dress, you've surely come to the right place.  more 

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The Standard
January 11, 2009, 1:17.16 pm ET

High Style! Rising above the Meatpacking District is Andre Balaz's new luxury hotel - The Standard with breathtaking views of the Manhattan Skyline, fabulous restaurants and shops below, and a birds' eye view of the city's newest elevated park, The Highline.  more

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The Food Report
January 9, 2009, 11:33.00 pm ET

Playa by Thomas Rafael
January 4, 2009, 1:25.10 pm ET

It was a foggy, somewhat dreary night when decided to pop into Playa, a new Latin spot in Park Slope.  And our spirits were instantly lifted.  Playa, which means "beach" in Spanish, pulls off the concept quite well with its cabana bar, hand-painted beach scenes and sand-colored banquettes.  more

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Vinegar Hill by Andrea Strong
January 4, 2009, 1:18.43 pm ET

If you thought Red Hook was remote, have a walk around Vinegar Hill, the sleepy historic Brooklyn neighborhood sandwiched between the Navy Yard and DUMBO.  It's charming and a little spooky at the same time.  I was lured to Vinegar Hill by the talent of the chef, Jean Adamson, who previously cooked at Freeman’s, and by Robin and Rob’s glowing New York Magazine restaurant review.  more

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Laura Lobdell Jewelry by Pamela Grossman
January 4, 2009, 1:11.40 pm ET

The saying goes, of course, that good things come in small packages--and in the case of Laura Lobdell Jewelry, they come in what I believe is the smallest store I've ever entered. Its tininess--and the cuteness of a dog inside--drew me in off W. 10th St. to take a look.  more

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Shrek by Lesley Alexander
January 4, 2009, 1:07.14 pm ET

Everything about “Shrek, the Musical”, is bouncy and fun, but unlike the cartoon film that it’s adapted from, the stage version lacks the smooth energy that drives the clever animated flick - and made it a hit.  more

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